Hillsboro works to lower emissions by 2030
The city of Hillsboro is on its way to meeting a series of self-imposed plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
In 2010, the City Council announced it would cut greenhouse gas emissions produced by the city by 80 percent by 2030.
According to a newly released report, the city is on its way to reaching that goal, as it nears the halfway mark.
The city's greenhouse gas inventory report measures emissions produced from city operations.
According to city officials, the report "highlights efficiency efforts that have resulted in solid progress in many areas, such as mechanical and lighting efficiency upgrades, renewable energy generation, construction of energy-efficient facilities, and the purchase of renewable energy credits."
According to the report, city-created emissions have dropped more than 30 percent since 2007, and is on track to meet several of the plan's goals over the next 12 years.
This progress is largely the result of electric and natural gas efficiency projects and the purchase of renewable electricity, according to the report.
Emissions made by the city's fleet of vehicles, as well as the city's use of natural gas and refrigerants, have dropped nearly 16 percent since 2007, according to the city. The majority of the reductions came from cutting back gasoline, diesel and natural gas.
Emissions made by the city's purchase of electricity have dropped more than 38 percent in that same time.
The decrease in emissions comes at a time when the city is growing. In addition to a rising population, city officials recently built a new public works facility in northern Hillsboro. The square-footage of city facilities has increased by more than 300,000 square feet, a 17 percent growth. The city has also hired more than 200 people in that time.
The city didn't score perfect marks in the report, though. City officials had hope that 80 percent of the city's energy would come from renewable energy by 2030. The city is not currently on track to meet that goal. According to the report, the city's production of energy for city facilities had increased by 1 percent.
The city hopes its staff vehicles will be 100 percent fossil-free in that time, but the city has increased its use of gasoline-powered staff vehicles by 10 percent in that time.